Two police organizations have endorsed Tim Bjorkman for Congress.
The National Association of Police Organizations, Inc.and Teamsters Local 120, which represents more than 100 South Dakota men and women working in law enforcement, are backing Bjorkman.
“NAPO is pleased to support your campaign and is confident you will continue your strong support of the law enforcement community in Congress,” the NAPO endorsement states. It’s signed by Executive Director William J. Johnson.
The endorsement comes on the recommendation of Teamsters Local 120, which represents several South Dakota law enforcement officers and staffers. Local 120 also is endorsing Bjorkman.
Local 120 represents officers and employees with the North Sioux City Police Department, the Brookings Police Department and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Elk Point Police Department, the Sturgis Police Department, Box Elder Police, Deadwood Police, Belle Fourche Police, Davison County Jail staff, Union County Jail staff and Codington County Jail.
James Heeren, a retired North Sioux City police officer and Local 120’s business agent, said he was impressed by Bjorkman after meeting him and studying his background. He recommended supporting him and the union membership agreed.
“Talking with him, seeing his understanding of the law, his work as a judge, doing research,” Heeren said. “We decided to endorse him.”
He said he was impressed by Tim running a grassroots campaign without taking special interest money.
“This shows Tim is for the people of a South Dakota and will represent us and not the special interest groups,” Heeren said. “Tim understands this from being a judge how will the people trust your decisions are truly impartial if you are funded by the special interests groups. That means a lot to me as a retired law enforcement officer and as a voter.”
Photo: Tim poses with Marlon Mollet, Heidi Henle and James Heeren at the Native American Day Parade in Sioux Falls on Oct. 8.